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18 July 2010 @ 06:29 pm
three-needle BO?  
Hi knitters!

I am currently working on my first sweater ever, which is going pretty well overall, despite it taking me absolutely forever! (Long periods of time where I'd put it aside and forget to pick it back up.) It's the tempting pattern from knitty, and I'm just about at the end now. For joining the undersides of the sleeves to the body, the directions say Remove underarm sts of one sleeve from waste yarn and place on a dpn. Remove corresponding underarm sts of body from waste yarn and place on second dpn. Join body sts to sleeve sts using three-needle BO and long tail from sleeve. Join second underarm in the same way. I got the switching from waste yarn to DPN thing, but I have never heard of the three-needle BO before. Can anyone tell me what that means or how to do it? Help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
Current Mood: confusedconfused
cathliucathliu on July 18th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
A very useful bind off. See vid for actual technique:

three needle BO

(scroll to the bottom...)

Good luck on your first sweater - you're almost there.
aliacanadianchia on July 19th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for the video! It sounded complicated, but I think I get it from the video. Thanks! When it's done, maybe I'll post a picture! :)
K.N. Senko: gromitluinel on July 18th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Basically you're going to k2tog (with one st from each needle, if that makes any sense) while binding off. It is, indeed, very handy. I hate seaming, so this technique and i are old friends.
aliacanadianchia on July 19th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks. Your directions plus the video the other commenter posted made it pretty clear. Now I just have to try it! :)
Debdamnskippytoo on July 20th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
What a cute sweater! I'm making my first sweater ever right now as well and am almost done. It doesn't require the 3-needle BO, but I'm sure I'll have a project that does sooner or later. Now if I can just figure out a good way to seam the sides... Good luck and do post a picture when you're done.
aliacanadianchia on July 20th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck on your sweater! I don't have the pictures on my computer right now, but I did upload them to Ravelry here if you'd like to see! Also, anyone is welcome to add me there; it's always fun to meet other knitters! :)
Deb: DB Rawrdamnskippytoo on July 20th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
I have added you at Ravelry and thanks! The pictures are great. It looks really good on you. And that reminds me I need to add the sweater I'm working on to my projects there.
aliacanadianchia on July 20th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks! :) I'm glad you liked it.